Security tightened around courthouse

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 3, 2005

With the re-trial of Westley Devon Harris starting security around and inside the Crenshaw County Courthouse will increase said Chief Deputy Jimmy Lecroy.

Visitors will need to enter the front of the building, pass through a metal detector and have personal belongings, such as purses, luggage, or other items, scanned through a machine.

During jury selection, visitors were allowed to enter in the back of the courthouse. Lecroy said that would be discontinued.

"The only ones we're going to allow through the back entrance is the jury, the defense and prosecution, the judge, and law enforcement officials," he said. "We know this is going to be an inconvenience to some people but this is what we're going to have to do."

The murder trial of Harris is the largest in Crenshaw County history.